In iTunes, is "deauthorize all" still the only choice?

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  1. hakr100 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm at my "five device limit" in iTunes, and I'm getting a new Macbook Air. I sold one of my previously authorized devices, so I want to remove it from the list in iTunes, but I see the only choice I seem to have in iTunes app store is to deauthorize all my devices.

    Surely, after all these years, the geniuses at Apple have changed this in iTunes/App Store management to something more convenient, right? Right?

    So, where and what is the more convenient way to address this issue in iTunes/App store management? :confused:
     
  2. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    It's still the same. For the obvious reason that the five computer limit would be meaningless if you could routinely deauthorize computers remotely at will.
     
  3. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I remember Pocket PC had a eReader that gave you a fixed limit of how many devices you may use but with no reset ability. That was worst.
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    Just before you wipe the computer when you sell it, in iTunes you deauthorize the computer from the menus Store->Deauthorize This Computer...
     
  5. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    either you choose deauthorize this computer or you go into your account in the itunes store. Somewhere in there you will find what devices are authorized and you can deauthorize as you wish
     
  6. Bear macrumors G3

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    In the iTunes store, you can only deauthorize all computers and that's limited how often you can do that. iOS devices may be able to be deauthorized individually.
     
  7. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    Ahh its the ios devices you can choose there. Ok nevermind then. Thought I saw being able to deauthorize computers too. Must of been wrong
     
  8. gnasher729 macrumors G5

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    You can deauthorize each individual computer. But only if you have iTunes running on it. Works fine if you sell your computer, or give it away. It's only when you forget before selling it, or if it breaks down beyond repair.
     
  9. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I believe that you can de-authorize individual computers... but you must be logged into the computer that you want to de-authorize.

    The issue arrises if you wipe/sell a computer without de-authorizing it first. In that case, only the "de-authorize all" seems to work to free up that computer's authorization.

    /Jim
     
  10. Bear macrumors G3

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    See below.

    I said in the iTunes store... which is different from just within iTunes. Earlier in this thread I had pointed out how to deauthorize an individual computer from iTunes.
     
  11. Thinkman12345 macrumors newbie

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    The Bear got it right! That's exactly what Apple will tell you if you contact them. Kudos, Bear!
     
  12. EricaV macrumors regular

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    These ideas are helpful but I still need more help. I can see how to de-authorize a computer that I am logged into through Itunes. But I have a feeling that my 5 limit is due to some PCs that I no longer own or use. I don't see instructions here about how to de-authorize these without being logged in. I see some talk about having to de-authorize all of the computers. That would be fine if I can simply re-authorize the ones I use without creating problems or changing itunes on these machines.

    Can you please say more about

    1. If you want to de-authorize a computer remotely do you have to de-authorize them all ?
    2. How do you de-authorize a computer remotely.

    BTW- Apple is not counting other devices in the 5 are they ? (i.e. ipad, iphone etc.)

    Thanks !!
     
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  14. EricaV macrumors regular

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    For once I answered my own question. I just de-authorized all 5 computers from the Account page in Itunes. Then re-authorized the two I still use.

    This link was helpful from another thread: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204385
    --- Post Merged, Aug 6, 2016 ---
    Thanks ! I tried this out of curiosity but it only seems useful for logging out of the devices that you have signed into for icloud- or seeing what you are logged into.

    I posted the other solution I found above. It was easy to do and de-authorizing then reauthorizing Itunes on the macs I still use did not seem to log me out of the cloud on those computers either.

    Thanks again !
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